Here is World in Sport’s updated pound-for-pound rankings for October. There have been a few fights involving ranked fighters since our last rankings back in August. Vasyl Lomachenko (#2) won by unanimous decision over Luke Campbell to maintain his spot on our list and Tyson Fury grinded out a tough win against Otto Wallin to stay at #12 in our rankings.
Errol Spence Jr. jumps up a couple of spots to #6 after his solid victory over Shawn Porter, who remains at #17. Gennady Golovkin fought to a razor close unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko and has been pushed down a spot to make room for Spence. Lastly, Josh Warrington remains at #19 after his second-round TKO win over Sofiane Takoucht.
My list is based on a number of factors, ranked below by order of importance:
- 1: Resume – Has he dominated his division? How has he performed against top competition?
- 2: Ability – How special is he in the ring? Is he one-dimensional or well-rounded?
- 3: Weight – Has he moved up in weight with success? Slight bias towards the more competitive divisions.
- 4: Potential – Is the fighter on the decline, or can he get even better?
- 5: Activity – Fighter must have fought at least once within the past year.
* = Fighter has fought since last rankings.
1 ▬ Terence Crawford (USA) | 35-0-0
Notable Wins: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Jeff Horn, Amir Khan
2 ▬ Vasyl Lomachenko* (UKR) | 13-1-0
Notable Wins: Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares
3 ▬ Saul Alvarez (MEX) | 52-1-2
Notable Wins: Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs
4 ▬ Oleksandr Usyk* (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
5 ▬ Naoya Inoue (JPN) | 18-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
6 ▲ Errol Spence Jr.* (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter
7 ▼ Gennady Golovkin* (KAZ) | 39-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
8 ▼ Mikey Garcia (USA) | 39-1-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
9 ▬ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
10 ▬ Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) | 39-3-0
Notable Wins: Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura, Carlos Cuadras, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
11 ▬ Daniel Jacobs (USA) | 35-2-0
Notable Wins: Sergio Mora (x2), Peter Quillin, Maciej Sulecki, Sergiy Derevyanchenko
12 ▬ Tyson Fury* (GBR) | 28-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
13 ▬ Callum Smith (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
14 ▬ Andy Ruiz Jr. (USA) | 33-1-0
Notable Wins: Kevin Johnson, Alexander Dimitrenko, Anthony Joshua
15 ▬ Manny Pacquiao (PHL) | 62-7-2
Notable Wins: Timothy Bradley (x2), Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner
16 ▬ Deontay Wilder (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
17 ▬ Shawn Porter* (USA) | 30-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas
18 ▬ Anthony Joshua (GBR) | 22-1-0
Notable Wins: Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin
19 ▬ Josh Warrington* (GBR) | 29-0-0
Notable Wins: Kiko Martinez, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad
20 ▬ Sergey Kovalev (RUS) | 34-3-1
Notable Wins: Jean Pascal (x2), Bernard Hopkins, Eleider Alvarez, Anthony Yarde
Dropped from list: N/A
Tomorrow, IBF super lightweight champion Josh Taylor and WBA (super) super lightweight champion Regis Prograis will clash at the O2 Arena in London in the WBSS finals. The winner of that fight should enter our Top 20 rankings. A week later, current middleweight and super middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (#3) will jump up in weight to challenge Russia’s Sergey Kovalev (#20) for his WBO light heavyweight strap. On Thursday, November 2nd, IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (#5) will face WBA (super) bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire in the finals of the 118lb WBSS tournament.
Comparing fighters across different weight classes is mostly subjective, and everybody has their own opinion. Comment below with who you think deserves to be on the list.